Where statutory advice is provided that marine protected area site condition is deteriorating due to climate change and requires a suitable boundary change to be put in place, this will be supported where consistent with other policies in the plan.
- Natural England and JNCC provide statutory advice on boundary changes for marine protected areas (MPA).
- All boundary changes to MPAs must be agreed with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
- Condition assessments by Natural England and JNCC will determine the extent of habitat loss or deterioration in the condition of MPA features. If climate change is the causing factor, boundary changes should be made.
- If a hard boundary such as a sea wall, is stopping the change in a site's boundary, action could be considered to remove it to allow a site to adapt.
- Soft coastal defences are preffered as they make boundary changes easier.